Pagdilao, Tinio answer charges

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Former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Edgardo Tinio, two of the five police generals linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade, submitted their counter affidavits to the administrative charges filed against them at the National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Tuesday.

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Tinio personally handed his 41-page affidavit to the Napolcom’s Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS) headed by Johnson Reyes.

“Just like any devoted official, I am submitting myself to clear my name and to say I am not connected nor I protected drug lords,” Tinio told reporters after subscribing to his counter affidavit.

He said he answered the charges of neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a police officer and irregularities in relation to the performance of his duty.

“Never did I dip my fingers and sleep with any drug syndicate nor have any connection with the drug lords. I haven’t smoked marijuana and never sniffed shabu. We have no business wearing this uniform if we dip our finger into criminality,” Tinio said.

He recalled that when he was the QCPD director from July 29,2015 to June this year, they collared 1,656 drug personalities, including 129 big time drug pushers and confiscated 115 kilograms of shabu. He said the QCPD was even named top performer of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

“My name was crucified, I declare my innocence. My family, friends and relatives have suffered so much. But I remain a devoted public servant and a loyal soldier of my commander in chief,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, Pagdilao sent his lawyer Mario Ryan Lauzon to file is counter affidavit in his behalf.

Lauzon refused to reveal Pagdilao’s defense.

“We just complied with the instruction of the investigating body. It might result in trial by publicity if I dealt more with the content of the affidavit. We just helped him prepare to answer the charges against him. But he is okay,” Lauzon told The Manila Times, referring to Pagdilao.

The other generals named by Duterte were retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., former Western Visayas police chief Bernardo Diaz and Vic Loot, now the mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu.

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